Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Species: Fratercula cirrhata (Tufted)
Geographic Range: Pacific Rim in the northern hemisphere
Size: 1 foot tall, 2 pounds
Lifespan: 15 to 25 years
Conservation Status: Least concern
Find them in the Aquatic Animals Building Map
- Tufted puffins are famous for stealing the bait from fishermen’s hooks as they go into the water.
- The overall body shape of the puffin reduces the surface area from which heat can be lost.
- Sharp, claw-like nails on the puffin’s webbed toes aid them in scrambling over rocky areas.
- When swimming, the puffin’s webbed feet act as rudders.